The head of the Algerian Federation said in statements on the Algerian channel “Al-Nahar” on Tuesday: “This matter is answered after consulting with the higher authorities.”
He continued, “Because organizing a tournament the size of the African Nations Cup is not only discussed at the level of the Algerian Football Federation, but is discussed at a higher level.”
But the Algerian Football Federation published a statement on Wednesday saying: “Amara wishes to clarify the statements he made on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, on the sidelines of the Extraordinary General Assembly meeting related to the 2021 African Cup of Nations, which were taken out of context.”
“In fact, at no time did the president of the Algerian Football Federation announce that Algeria will replace Cameroon in the event that this country withdraws from organizing this competition by the agreed deadline,” the statement added.
“Algeria will not organize the African Nations Cup before consulting with the highest authorities of the country, which will have to make such a decision, and when all conditions are met to host a major event like this,” the statement concluded.
Algeria did not organize the African Nations Cup only once, and that was in 1990, when the Saharawi Warriors won the first title in their history.
It is noteworthy that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced earlier the postponement of the holding of the tournament draw ceremony at the request of its organizing committee in Cameroon due to the Corona pandemic.
Cameroon was scheduled to host the tournament in 2019, but the delay in preparations made Egypt win the right to organize at the expense of South Africa at the time.
The next edition will be the second to be held with the participation of 24 teams, after increasing the number from 16.
The Algerian national team is the title holder of the tournament after winning it in the last edition at the expense of Senegal in the final.